(Chicago Defender) — Chicago’s City Council’s Black Caucus, made up of 19 Black aldermen, is a diverse group with varying opinions and myriad ideas.
Yet, the group of elected officials sometimes bands together when it comes to voting on issues affecting minorities. Last year members passed an Olympics ordinance that guaranteed employment, housing and business opportunities for minorities had the city won the 2016 Games.
But more often than not, the aldermen, all of whom are up for re-election next year, disagree on what is good for the Black community, as in their less than unanimous support for the Walmart expansion. In that case, some aldermen have fought Walmart expansion within the city for years.